DBA ACTIVELY ADVANCES WATER MANAGEMENT EDUCATION
FOR PROFESSIONALS, STUDENTS, AND THE PUBLIC
Dana Nunez Brown, FASLA, PLA, AICP, LEED AP
During her decades of experience as a landscape architect and planner, Dana has worked for firms in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Boston, and Orange County, California, including two of the largest design firms in the United States.
A native of New Orleans, Dana has worked tirelessly to address the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana Department of Environment Quality requirements for water quality. She has written and revised chapters of the development code for several municipalities and parishes. She authored a manual to guide developers and design professionals in designing and implementing stormwater best management practices and organizes and leads dozens of stormwater workshops each year.
Dana holds a BLA degree from Louisiana State University and MLA degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a professional landscape architect, licensed in several states. She is a long-time member of ASLA and is a Fellow of the organization.
Dana is a certified planner (AICP), and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
She serves as Chair of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) WEFTEC Workshops Subcommittee, a member of the WEF Stormwater Committee, and Treasurer of the Louisiana Urban Stormwater Coalition.
Dana is a founding member of Water Wise Gulf South which trains and educates residents in implementing green infrastructure in their neighborhoods.
As President of Dana Brown & Associates, she pioneered design of green infrastructure throughout Louisiana.
Dana taught classes on the subject at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and guest lectures at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. She is the author of “Using Plants for Stormwater Management: A Green Infrastructure Guide for the Gulf South,” LSU Press, April 2014.
Gaylan Williams, ASLA, PLA, LEED BD+C
Gaylan Williams, Senior Associate, holds a Master of Science in Architecture/Urban Design and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology and Louisiana State University, respectively. He is the project manager of major urban design open space and redevelopment projects in downtown New Orleans. As a native of New Orleans, he is committed to the sustainable redevelopment of his hometown and the Greater Gulf Coast region. Gaylan, a licensed landscape architect, arborist consultant, and LEED Accredited Professional, is dedicated to green development and the conservation of natural systems in built spaces. He believes that these standards are fundamental, therefore, Gaylan continuously implements them in his projects, and educates his community, peers, and clients on holistic urban design and environmental restoration practices.
Danielle Duhe, ASLA, PLA
Danielle Duhe, Senior Associate, holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University. As a Licensed Landscape Architect, Danielle has extensive experience in outreach and education, parks and recreational planning, and in the design and construction of stormwater management facilities. She is experienced in land use analysis and planning, code regulations and revisions, community revitalization, and public engagement strategies. Danielle has worked on a number of projects that have focused on pedestrian safety through design strategies, all while incorporating green infrastructure facilities. She has conducted road safety audits and written Complete Street policies for municipalities to adopt and implement. Danielle is a very active volunteer in the community, leading tours of green infrastructure, speaking at community events, and bringing her professional experience in design to her personal involvement in improving both New Orleans and the State of Louisiana.
Christopher Africh, ASLA
Christopher Africh, Senior Associate, holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University. As a native of South Louisiana, Chris has worked on a variety of projects involving community livability and enhancement, improvements of open drainage ways, greenway design, Complete Streets design, flood recovery and disaster planning, strategic redevelopment planning, and post disaster relief community site design. A talented artist, Chris also believes in the importance of readable, well-crafted work to better illustrate and help the public understand the design and the design intention. His modeling and graphic talent has helped prepare large scale public presentations, and his use of working digital models during the design process allows for real world spatial analysis and interaction.
Delaney McGuinness, ASLA
Delaney McGuinness, Associate, has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University. While enrolled, she gained professional experience working for the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio and in Southern California and the Netherlands. Delaney served as the LSU ASLA Student Chapter President and Outreach Coordinator, and in many other leadership capacities in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and the greater LSU community. She is grateful for her global project experience, but is eager to work on pragmatic resilience projects in her hometown of New Orleans. She is an active local volunteer for Youth Empowerment Project and the Susan G. Komen Hope Village. The versatility of her experiences enables her to provide a unique perspective and approach to landscape architecture projects.
Blake Crow, Associate, holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from University of New Orleans and Bachelor of History from University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has experience completing successful projects and preparing beneficial reports related to land use planning, stormwater management, post-disaster resiliency, historic preservation, and trail conservation. As an outdoor enthusiast, Blake believes in collaboratively working with nature and seeks to connect community members to their native habitats. He is an avid volunteer for New Orleans organizations that promote environmental equity, reforestation, fair housing, community health, and hazard mitigation.
Bridget Kender, Associate, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from the Interior Designers Institute in California. At the firm she is responsible for developing marketing proposals, payroll, billing, and accounts payable and receivable. In addition to the general office responsibilities, Bridget also handles the marketing activities of the company by maintaining the firm’s social media accounts, creating promotional materials, tracking potential projects, and developing proposal submittals.
Patricia Vicari, Associate, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Louisiana State University. She is responsible for reviewing and editing the firm’s report documents. Patricia has several years of experience planning and conducting stormwater management workshops and training sessions, as well as public engagement events. Patricia is also responsible for maintaining the firm’s website.